21 Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Dresses for Unforgettable Pictures
March 12, 2021
Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in your life, so of course you want to document it–baby bump and all. Most women schedule a maternity photo shoot sometime between 28 and 32 weeks (a.k.a. the sweet spot before you’re too uncomfortable for a portrait session). Of course, once you’ve decided when you’re posing for pictures, it’s time to decide what you’re posing in. Our advice? Pick a maternity photo shoot dress that accentuates your beautiful bump. It’s what you’re celebrating, after all! Can’t make up your mind? Keep scrolling for a curated selection of our favorite maternity dresses for photo shoots.
As you’re browsing through our list of maternity dresses for pictures, pay attention to style and fit. Consider clingy fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes if you really want to emphasize your shape. Strategic ruching and belly-area embellishments can call attention to your baby bump too. Or, you can go all out with a sheer or open-front gown! Long, elegant maternity gowns also work well for photography (think: maxis decked out in lace and tulle). But at the end of the day, the best maternity shoot outfits can be glamorous or understated, as long as they make you feel like the gorgeous mama-to-be that you are.
Start (and end!) your search with this list of bump-friendly maternity photo dresses. Don’t feel like buying something you’ll only wear once? Consider borrowing a dress from Rent the Runway’s super-chic maternity collection instead.
Searching for plus-size maternity dresses for a photo shoot? PinkBlush Maternity has a fantastic selection of dresses that’ll showcase your curves. We adore this lace maxi dress with pretty scalloped cap-sleeves. It’s double-lined to prevent sheerness and the V-neckline wll draw attention to your décolletage. Looking for something a little more colorful? This style comes in seven stunning colors.
Buy it: $95, PinkBlushMaternity.com
When in doubt, put a bow on it. Your belly, that is! This glam midi maternity dress works well for a photo shoot, what with its fun off-the-shoulder sleeves and tied waistline. We’re obsessed with the chic cranberry color and ruffle sleeve detail, which is right on trend for 2021.
Buy it: $40, Boohoo.com
How beautiful is this maternity photo shoot dress by HATCH? This full-length slip dress will hug your bump in all the right places. Plus, it has adjustable spaghetti straps so it works from week one of your pregnancy right up until your due date (and beyond!). The sumptuous jewel-tones will really pop in your maternity pictures, leaving everyone else green with envy.
Buy it: $278, HATCHCollection.com
Add a splash of color to your pregnancy pictures with this pink floral maxi dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline gives it a sweet feminine flair, while the soft jersey fabric makes it comfy enough for a lengthy shoot. Talk about one of the best maternity dresses for a photo shoot!
Buy it: $98, Nordstrom.com
How cool is this watercolor-inspired maternity picture dress? The gradient blue will draw all eyes to your belly, while the low-cut back is super-sexy. It even comes with a detachable belt for bonus bump framing. We love this maternity dress for a beachy photo shoot—though really, you could rock it anywhere!
Buy it: $184, ShowMeYourMumu.com
Next up is a laid-back pregnancy photo shoot dress we think you’ll love. This low-key dress is elevated with subtle details like the ruffle trim on the shoulder and the (not-so-subtle) leopard-print pattern. The best part? The tiered skirt is perfect for twirling during a photo shoot.
Buy it: $47, ASOS.com
Feel like a boho goddess in this lacy, chiffon maternity photo shoot dress. The scoop neckline, elasticated waist and full skirt all work to showcase your gorgeous pregnancy curves. It comes in a wide range of sizes and six stunning colors.
Buy it: $226, Etsy.com
Who says maternity dresses for a photo shoot have to be long? This knee-length blue lace dress is totally dreamy. The A-line silhouette and sash-tie waist will show off your baby bump, while the floaty lace overlay adds a touch of romance. Now that’s a classy maternity shoot outfit!
Buy it: $199, Seraphine.com
ASOS has a great range of maternity clothes for a photo shoot. Just look at this curve-hugging two-piece set, which would make a top-notch maternity picture outfit. The set includes a sleeveless bandeau-style dress and a matching coverup in a rich burgundy color—simply beautiful.
Buy it: $50, ASOS.com
Sexy Mama Maternity has a whole category devoted to maternity dresses for a photo shoot, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Personally, we love this long-sleeve maternity dress (available in 17 stunning colors!). It has a form-fitting bodice and a full-length chiffon train that’ll photograph beautifully.
Buy it: $176, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Empire waist maternity shoot dresses are a baby bump’s best friend, since they sit comfortably above your growing belly. Wear this shimmering maternity gown for your photo shoot and beyond—it’s versatile enough for any formal occasion.
Buy it: $255, Nordstrom.com
Whether you’re eyeing solid maternity dresses for your photo shoot or patterned ones, this classic style could be the one you. The short sleeve gown comes in a massive range of colors and prints (30 different styles to be exact!). It’s also made right here in the USA. Yep, you can buy pretty maternity shoot outfits right on Amazon!
Buy it: $37, Amazon.com
Celebrating a rainbow baby? Pay tribute to your little gift with a beautifully symbolic frock. This rainbow maternity photo shoot dress is undeniably statement-making. A simple sweetheart neckline bodice is complemented by a full tulle skirt for maximum wow-factor.
Buy it: $300, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Floral maternity photo shoot dresses are always fashionable options. (Flower power is a thing!) We love this green chiffon midi dress from The Nines by HATCH, a new collection available exclusively at Target. This dress has pretty flutter-sleeves and is tailored to flatter your budding baby bump. Oh, and it’s available in sizes XS to XXL.
Buy it: $40, Target.com
Searching for a creative way to point to your belly? Look no further than maternity photo dresses with plunging necklines. This little velvet number is ideal for a fall or winter photography session.
Buy it: $49, Missguided.com
Show off your baby bump in this romantic maternity gown for a photo shoot. Made from a soft knit jersey material, the dress is fitted to knee-level to show off your bump and has a flowing chiffon skirt for added va-va-voom! It comes in a whopping 35 colors, so you can truly customize your maternity photo shoot outfit.
Buy it: Starting from $146, Etsy.com
We love dramatic maternity shoot dresses—including this forest-green pick. The fitted dress is all clean lines, with a high-low hem for added impact. Hello, autumn or winter maternity shoot outfit!
Buy it: $119, ASOS.com
Searching for an open-belly maternity gown for your photo shoot? PinkBlush sells a few different styles, including this plus-size white pregnancy pictures dress. Other options include a similar silhouette rendered in black chiffon or lavender lace.
Buy it: $85, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Maternity picture outfits don’t have to be over the top. Case in point: This simple (but stunning) dress from A Pea in the Pod. This navy mini dress has a bow at the waist that draws attention to your baby bump and ruffles along the hemline that add a feminine touch.
Buy it: $128, APeainthePod.com
PinkBlush Maternity sells tons of portrait-worthy pregnancy gowns, and this ruffle tiered maternity dress is no exception. While pink maternity dresses for photo shoots are super-cute, that’s not the only color this one comes in. Choose from gorgeous jade green, rich burgundy or royal blue, and other colors too!
Buy it: $79, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Last up on our list of the best maternity photo shoot dresses is a tie dye pick that’s giving us serious summer vibes. This plus-size maxi dress has flowing tiered ruffles, which gives it a relaxed feel. Meanwhile, the elasticated waist just under the bust draws the eye to your baby bump. It’s the perfect warm weather look for a boho maternity photo shoot.
Buy it: $56, BumpBiddy.com
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